13 Jun 2013
Even for Fuente, this 2012 release is loaded with bells and whistles, like a brilliant red aluminum tube and a cloth foot band. You sense it’s something special before you light up. And when you do, there’s no doubt.
From the first rich puffs to the finger-burning last, the cigar is a powerful pleasure. The 7-inch King T line is normally encased in a Connecticut shade wrapper (check out a review here). But this line uses a sun-grown rosado wrapper. Maybe it’s true, as has been written, that this was a mistake at the factory that was allowed to go forward. But with the sterling Fuente reputation for quality, I find it hard to believe.
Whatever the reason, the result is a stunning cigar, worthy of its $10-plus price tag. The 49-ring gauge is comfortable, it burns slowly (I enjoyed one through an admittedly unusually fast baseball game) and the smoke volume is excellent. Cedar is predominant throughout, not a surprise considering the tube is lined with a Spanish cedar sheet that’s handy for lighting.
I found it to be a strong cigar, a bit more so than its royal-named siblings and others in the Chateau Fuente line. The strength, however, doesn’t come with any harshness or unpleasant bite. Surprisingly, the finish is rather light.
With the tube, the extra band, and the fairly high-dollar price, you might think of this King T as a special occasion cigar. There’s no question it can fill that role with ease. Limit it to such appearances, though, and you’ll deny yourself a treat that you undoubtedly deserve more often.
Considering what this cigar delivers, it is worthy of a rare five-stogie rating.
photo credit: Stogie Guys